Sunday, January 1, 2012

Movie Review “Fearless”

Jet Li as Huo Yuanjia
Shido Nakamura as Anno Tanaka
Yong Dong as Nong Jinsun
Betty Sun as moon

Short Movie Summary: Tell the story of Master Huo Yuanjia, the founder of the Jin Wu Sports Federation.

Story: (9/10) While the story is very good and excellently told, it does start off show. It does not really get interesting until about half way in, but then it grabs a hold of you hand does not let go. The makers have really spun an excellent tale of a master’s disgrace and redemption.

Characters/Cast :( 10/10) This film has a superb cast of talented actors/actresses. Jet LI is really at the top of his game as the Wushu Master, Huo Yuanjia. As for Master Yuanjia himself, at first I did not really like the character. It seemed that Jet Li was over acting the part a bit (and he could have been), but I believe that it was effective in conveying that the Master is not meant to be likeable to start with. It is complicated, but I assure you that his acting style changes and that is all I am going to say. The rest of the cast are great and their characters are well fleshed out(minus the Europeans near the end, which are just your stereotypical bad guys and con men).

Fights: (8.5/10) There are only really three fights of note that I found interesting. The first is Master Yuanjia versus Master Chin: this is my favorite fight in the movie. The two masters start off with swords, but soon go hand to hand in this ferocious fight. The next fight is Master Yuanjia versus four challengers at the end of the film. Each fight is one after the other and features many different weapons and styles. The third is the fight between Yuanjia’s father, Huo Endi, and another fighter named Zhao. The reason I picked this one is because it does have some significance pertaining to the story. There are a few other fights, but these are the high lights.

Music: ( 7/10) Not much to speak of. The few spots where there are music are good, the best being played during the fight between Master Yuanjia and Master Chin. It really adds to the tension of the seen.

Visuals :( 7.5/10) Nothing special concerning the setting. It is mostly the same city/rural areas you see in most films like this. The effects during the fights, like bones breaking and blood, are done well and are not over the top. Like I said, nothing special, but it gets the job done.

Conclusion: Although it starts off slow, Fearless quickly speeds up into an exciting tale. I recommend giving it a try.

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